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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2007 05:10 pm
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Read an interesting bit a few days ago about Lee Marvin, ultimate hardass. He's buried in Arlington alongside generals. His stone is simple, indicating only that he was a private, USMC. It doesn't say that he earned the Navy Cross for his action on Mt. Suribachi. On a "Tonight Show" talk with Johnny Carson, when Johnny asked, Lee compared his particular action as minor compared to the truly brave actions of his Sgt., Bob Keeshan.

The same posting noted that Mr. Rogers was a Navy Seal and saw considerable action.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2007 05:41 pm
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ole, take a look here, http://www.snopes.com/military/marvin.asp

I found it because although I knew who Lee Marvin was Captain kangeroo & Mr Rogers meant absolutely nothing so I had to google 'em:D

 

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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2007 07:21 pm
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The bit about Mr Rogers is a myth.

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/fredrogers/a/mr_rogers.htm

The bit about Capt. Kangaroo is also a myth.

http://www.snopes.com/military/marvin.asp

Admittedly, they're interesting stories, though!

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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2007 08:26 pm
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Dang! Another good story shot to heck! NEVER believe after-action reports.

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On the other hand, Jimmy Stewart was a bona fide war hero. Flew 20 missions over Germany as a B-24 pilot. Think he went on to become a wing commander during the war.

Pretty darn good actor, too.



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I heard that Stewart got kicked out of the service because he claimed his co-pilot was a six foot rabbit.:P

I also heard that John Wayne actually did all his shooting too.:?;)

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Ever wonder why Gable enlisted and Flynn did not? The secret lives of movie stars exposed here! Film at 11.

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That's twice this morning I've double-posted! The other board allows deletion.

ole

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Ole,

In a book called "Jimmy Stewart Bomber Pilot," author Starr Smith writes:

"On one of his Hollywood visits, Stewart (already in the air corps) had a reunion with his old friend, Clark Gable, who was now a newly commissioned air force officer...Gable's wife, the vivacious Carole Lombard, had recently lost her life in an airliner crash while on a war-bond fundraising trip for the government. The Gable-Lombard marriage had been viewed in Hollywood as a deep and emotional love match, and her sudden death had a profound effect on the rugged 'Gone with the Wind' star. It has been said that the numbing grief of his wife's passing, and the simple fact that at the time of her death she was in wartime service, propelled Gable to seek an active role in uniform — even at the age of 41."

I believe Gable flew several combat missions as a waist gunner.

Starr Smith was an intelligence officer in the 8th Air Force during WWII.

Stewart's wartime honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Croix de Guerre. His first DFC was presented by Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, who already had received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his Tokyo raid. That DFC was presented to Stewart for a particularly perilous mission over Brunswick, Germany, during Big Week in Feb., 1944, in which he was wing commander

Errol Flynn was classified 4-F because of a bad heart. Died of heart failure at the age of 50 in 1959.

Rob,

Tried my darndest to get a roster of the 445th BG to see if any of Stewart's co-pilots were named Harvey. No luck.



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Who is Starr Smith?

Thanks for the info. I only pick up dribs and drabs of this stuff in passing and I obviously take it as real--totally forgetting that most of is is press-agent and contrarian rumor.

Wasn't Gable a bit too big for a waist gunner? That's the bubble that hung under one of those bombers -B17 or B24 or whatever? Had the idea that you had to be diminutive to work any of those guns.

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Ole-

   The waist gunners worked standing up. It was the ball turret gunner who sat pretty much with his knees up against his chin.

 

Ball turret - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


   Starr Smith wrote a book about the actor James Stewart.

 

Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot - by Starr Smith

Last edited on Sun Oct 14th, 2007 02:56 am by Texas Defender



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Thanks, TD. Knew the ball turret wasn't the waist gunner. Just had a brain stall and couldn't think of the name. I would have tomorrow, though.

Dear One has only one book on Jimmy Stewart. Starr's ain't it. She's more a Bogey and a Wayne fan.

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